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17 Reasons Why We Love Michelle Obama

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First off we want to wish a very special Happy Birthday wish to Michelle Obama!

At 49 years young and fabulous, FLOTUS  knows how to handle her position beside President Barack Obama and she wears it well.  As much as Barack makes headlines for his political triumphs, Michelle continues to make headlines for her support of him and trailblazing her own initiatives.

She has transformed the image of the White House's leading lady from just a spouse into a supportive friend, teammate and co-leader. She has gained respect from entertainers, world leaders and children of all ages.

On her 49th birthday we give 17 (more) reasons why Michelle Obama is our definition of a Vixen!

Michelle Obama and BarackShe’s married to the first black President of the United States.

She has the toughest but most rewarding job on her plate, yet she holds it with ease. She not only believes in his vision but she roots for his success. Because POTUS has a confidante to fall back on, he handles the world with no problem.

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She’s an advocate for fitness.

With the high obesity rates especially among children in America, Michelle Obama took it upon herself to battle childhood obesity with her campaign 'Let's Move!'.  The First Lady not only started the campaign but she participates in every aspect of it.

She's the mother of two well-raised young ladies.

It's hard enough raising two young daughters, but try doing that with the entire United States watching your every move. However, FLOTUS is raising two fashionable and smart tweens Sasha and Malia gracefully.

She inspires young girls from all walks of life.

In a society where most young girls' role models are entertainers and athletes, many are now looking up to Mo. She inspires girls to stay fit, work hard (educationally) and to raise their standards.

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She's the most stylish First Lady we've seen in awhile.

Sorry Jackie Kennedy but you no longer are the best dressed First Lady; Michelle has dominated the competition. From wearing designer clothes to bargain shopping, Mrs. Obama has showed that you can't put a price on style.

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She has high profile pals.

Many of us dream of meeting Jay-Z, Beyoncé or Oprah, but Michelle has them on speed dial. It's only right that the stylish FLOTUS is friends with the three of the most powerful people in entertainment.

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She gave a powerful DNC speech on behalf of her hubby.

It's as if FLOTUS told Obama "I got this" before she delivered one of the best speeches at the Democratic National Convention. Mo took to the stage and captivated the audience, delivering a speech that shows not only Obama's character as President and a family man but her character as his wife. Here's an example of how poignant her speech was:

"TODAY, AFTER SO MANY STRUGGLES AND TRIUMPHS AND MOMENTS THAT HAVE TESTED MY HUSBAND IN WAYS I NEVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THAT BEING PRESIDENT DOESN’T CHANGE WHO YOU ARE – IT REVEALS WHO YOU ARE."

She's an active First Lady.

She not only has her own campaign fighting childhood obesity but she also spends her time representing the United States outside of the country. Traveling to other countries on behalf of the country, meeting with world leaders, doing her own appearances and interviews and still having enough time to read and listen to her children is the norm for Michelle.

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She has a sense of humor.

Michelle has no problem easing up her reigns to share plenty of laughs. Michelle has been a guest on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, participating in a push up contest against the host being interviewed by a young political panel. 

She's hip to pop culture.

Her "Let's Move" theme song is a remixed version of Beyoncé's "Get Me Bodied." Michelle is also a fan of new artist Elle Varner and she has been seen hitting the dougie. If that doesn't show you she is 49 years young, we don't know what else will.

She has an Ivy League education.

She graduated from not one but two Ivy League universities, graduating cum laude from Princeton and receiving a law degree from Harvard Law School. After working for Sidley Austin, one of the top law firms in Chicago, she left to pursue a career in public service, proving time and time again that she is as beautiful on the inside and out as she is smart.

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She is affectionate.

After being married for 20 years, the First Lady's favorite thing to do is cuddle with her husband. They have a set date night that, even within the political whirlwind, they still honor. No wonder they are always smiling when they are together; they know how to keep their love alive.

She's a proud bargain shopper.

Michelle's closet ranges from high-end threads to everyday department stores pieces. She finds quality in the inexpensive and shows her ability to relate to the working class by the amount she spends on her wardrobe. She has been spotted shopping in Target, wearing dresses by Ann Taylor and cardigans but J Crew. Her closet is accessible and attainable for those who are taking fashion notes from the stylish First Lady.

She's more famous than the POTUS. (He said so himself!)

While Barack works hard running this country, Michelle works effortlessly to win over our hearts. Her popularity is unanimous throughout the country, even Barack is okay with admitting it.  Candidly speaking about himself and Jay-Z's lives he said, "Jay knows what my life is like. We both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are."

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Her hair is pretty flawless.

Enough said.

She made her husband work for her attention.

Many ladies need to take a page out of Michelle's book of love. It was Barack Obama's persistence that won her over.  She made POTUS work for her affection because her expectations are high and Barack realized she was worth the effort.

She understands the working class struggle.

She didn't grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth but rather on the southside of Chicago in a one bedroom apartment. Growing up sleeping in the living room grounded Michelle to relate to real life issues that are facing the American people. So when she speaks about struggle, we understand it's coming from a genuine, relatable place.

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Fans Rally For Aaliyah's Discography To Be Released On Streaming Platforms

As another day passes without Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms, fans are looking for answers.

Over the weekend, the hashtag #FreeAaliyahMusic appeared on Twitter in light of song battles between Swizz Beats vs. Timbaland and Ne-Yo vs. Johnta Austin. The latter opponents played their collaborations with the late singer, proving Baby Girl's dynamic relevancy in the age of modern R&B. As songs like "I Don't Wanna" and "Come Over" picked up plays on YouTube, the hashtag pointed out the tragedy of her songs not existing on platforms like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.

Aaliyah's only album on multiple platforms is her 1994 debut, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number. Other albums like the platinum-selling One in A Million and Aaliyah are being held in a vault of sorts along with other unmixed vocals by her uncle and founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson.

Hankerson has built up a mysterious yet haunting aura over the years due to his refusal to release Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms. Reasons are unknown but Stephen Witt's 2016 investigation revealed business deals like the shift in distribution from  Jive Records to Atlantic helped Hankerson take ownership of the singer's masters. The deal was made in 1996 when Blackground featured artists like Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, then-production duo Timbaland and Magoo as well as Missy Elliott.

Sadly, Aaliyah's music isn't the only recordings lost in the shuffle. Recordings from Timbaland and Toni Braxton have been hidden from the world with both taking legal action against the label over the years. There's also JoJo, who had to break from the label after they refused to release her third album. The singer recently re-recorded her first two albums.

With Aaliyah's music getting the attention it deserves, Johnta Austin discussed the singer's impact on R&B today. "It was amazing, she was incredible from top to bottom," he told OkayPlayer of working with the singer on "Come Over" and "I Don't Wanna." "I don't think Aaliyah gets the vocal credit that she deserves. When she was on it, she had the riffs, she had everything."

Earlier this year, an account impersonating Hankerson claimed her music would arrive on streaming platforms January 16, on what would've been her 41st birthday. A docuseries called the Aaliyah Diaries was also promoted for a release on Netflix.

Of course, it was far from the truth. Fans can enjoy selected videos and songs on YouTube, but it's clear they want more.

 

Aaliyah’s music is the landmark for a lot of your favs not only was she ahead of her time with her futuristic sounds she also was a fashion Icon dancer and phenomenal actress . The future generations need be exposed to her artistry and pay homage .#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/LxZfxcqRgF

— Black Clover (@la_alchemist) March 29, 2020

Her first #1 solely based on AirPlay! She was the first ! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/BHlANZjCGZ

— (@hodeciii) March 29, 2020

Makes no sense for someone still so influential to be hidden. Many try to emulate her. On Spotifys This is Aaliyah playlist, theres some great tracks not on her main Spotify #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/vLqLTVxqO9

— Blackity Black⁷ (@ClaudBuzzzz) March 29, 2020

Aaliyah is trending once again. She deserves endless flowers. This is true impact y’all. Her voice, her sound, her music...She’s been gone for 2 decades and y’all see the love for her is even stronger! We miss you baby girl! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/ALDcT0ZQxR

— A A L I Y A H (@forbbygrlaali) March 30, 2020

Aaliyah said she wanted to be remembered for her music and yet most of it is not on streaming services #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/zwk0AWMCoE

— RJR (@MyNewEssence96) March 29, 2020

aaliyah’s gems like more than a woman deserve to be in streaming sites #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/mM2GWEg1pe

— k (@grandexrocky) March 30, 2020

I saw #FreeAaliyahMusic and IMMEDIATELY jumped into action! I can’t express how betrayed I felt when we were supposed to have all her music on Spotify by her birthday. Her discography is deeply underestimated and we need to make it right for our babygirl!pic.twitter.com/GfxBeJxUY1

— jerrica✨ (@jerricaofficial) March 29, 2020

Before Megan The Stallion drove the boat...

Aaliyah rocked the boat...

#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/iXNwssD3sY

— Al’Bei (@_albei) March 29, 2020

i think we should have that conversation #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/cGl269tuTr

— AALIYAH LEGION (@AaliyahLegion) April 1, 2020

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"I don't think Adrienne wants to have live TV with me," Williams said. "'Cause she's gon' have to say, 'Yes Kiely, I did pretend to be your best friend. Now, I am not.' You were either lying then or you're lying now. You either were my best friend and now you're just not claiming me or you were pretending [to be my best friend."

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Williams went on to discuss her fight with Naughton, which she denies had anything to do with her skin color. With her mother near, Williams claimed Naughton called her a b***h, leading to the fight. While she didn't clear up the chicken throwing, she stated how she was "going for her neck" and was holding food and her baby sister in the process.

Apologies aren't on the horizon either. “I don’t feel like I have anything to make amends for, especially as it relates to Adrienne,” Kiely said. “As far as Naturi goes, if there was ever a reason to apologize, all of that has kind of been overshadowed by the literal lies and really ugly stuff that she said about my mom and my sister. So, no. Not interested in that. I’m sorry.”

Moving onto The Cheetah Girls, Williams also denied claims she got into fights with Raven-Symonè on the set of The Cheetah Girls films and never outed her as a teen. The rumor about Symonè and Williams was reportedly started by Symonè's former co-star Orlando Brown.

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Describing the opportunity as a “dream come true” since she’s a major supporter of the streaming service, Kelis took to Instagram to share how cannabis and cooking is one of her many creative passions. “As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today’s society,” the mother-of-two writes. “In this country, many things have been used systemically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together.”

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I'm really excited to announce my new show, Cooked with Cannabis on @Netflix!! Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love my Netflix, so this is a dream come true. Interestingly, this was one of those things that I didn't go looking for, it kind of came to me. As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today's society. In this country, many things have been used systematically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together. I hope you all will tune in, it's definitely going to be a good time! We launch on 4/20! XO, Kelis

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